sub-par

Substitute teachers. It's really the luck of the draw unless you have someone you can trust that you go to every time you're sick. I'm not sure what the qualifications are for subs in my school district, but after what happened on Friday, I don't think they're picky about it. I think the top priority is: warm body.

You'll note from my last post that my co-teacher is out sick. [Technically, she feels fine, but she's completely lost her voice, and really what's the point of coming in then?]. I had to sub for her on Thursday, but they actually found someone on Friday. I'll call him Mr. C. The "C" stands for Creepy.

When I met him, right away he started complaining about THAT AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN in the front office who had the audacity to change his substitute assignment. I'm not sure if he was being racist or just spiteful, but his tone of voice was very angry.

Then, he proceeded to call me SWEETIE for the entire day. In retrospect, I should have said something after the first time, but he said it as I was walking out the door, and I was so shocked I just kept walking.

After lunch, when I picked up my deaf ed. kids from him to go to Language Arts in my own classroom, I needed to get the mic from him. [I wear a mic every day that transmits directly into my kids' hearing aids. It's on a lanyard and looks like a necklace.] He was wearing it around his neck, along with some other ID lanyards. He couldn't get it off his neck [or something....] so he asked me to take it off for him.

I chalked this up to his incompetence, and took the mic off from around his neck. It wasn't until like ten minutes later when I thought: "Ew. Creepy!"

Later as I was teaching, I realized that he had sprayed very pungent cheap men's cologne all over, and it had seeped into the lanyard attached to the mic. By the time I realized where the awful smell was coming from, it had rubbed all against the back of my shirt collar. I smelled like Mr. Creepy for the rest of the day. The creepiness burned in my nostrils until I could get home and change my shirt.

When I brought my kids back to the regular ed class for dismissal, the entire first grade class was outside at recess and left 18 pots of playdoh left OPEN, and piles of playdoh were strewn about the desks. Um, hello? Common sense, anyone? That stuff dries out!

And then, judging from the pile of sawdust by the teacher's desk, and a first grade "informer", I gathered that Mr. C had himself gotten sick and thrown up all over the floor.

I don't know who was worse. Mr. C, or the second grade sub that day who literally fell asleep in his chair while the kids were in the room.

11 comments:

Mrs. Fine said...

omg! What a day! Thank goodness it was a Friday and the weekend came quickly! Good luck getting the smell out of the lanyard...nothing some good old Febreeze can't fix! ;) Hope this week is wonderful!

Elissa said...

YUCK!!!! Do you think the Creepy clan even know they're creepy? or do they see it as charming? Subs are a game of chance at Monster's school too. Does the mic come off the lanyard? Soak it in white vinegar and dry it. Disinfects & takes the smell out. Vodka works the same and you could take a shot because after your Friday I'd need it ;P

Nancy Teaches said...

Horrible! You definitely went above and beyond the call of duty! Is there someone you can report this guy to in your administration? He doesn't sound fit to be around children -- or adults!! Good for you for holding it together. I know at my private school we are always desperate for subs and afraid to be absent. This is one of the hardest things to deal with in our profession. Thanks for sharing and good job not gagging:)

Sarah Garb said...

Ugh! Ew! Blech! The cheap cologne sounds pretty bad - it's something when a creepy person manages to invade your personal space with their creepy smell! The play-do containers left open would have killed me! Aah!

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Julia Skinner said...

We call them supply teachers here in the UK. It is real problem for all concerned when the regular teacher is not avaialble. CChildren find change difficult, work may not be left & the teacher themselves may feel completely out of their depth. As a head teacher I loved having a bank of folk I could call upon who were like part of my staff. Sadly, after I'd appointed most of them, the same 'supply' problems occurred!

SharleneT said...

Where do creeps come from? is my question? Surely, they start out from somewhere -- but, where? Didn't someone notice on their way up that they were creepy and stop that behavior? Sorry about the cologne thingy... women do the same thing and it drives me crazy... perfume is supposed to be subtle... Come visit when you can...

Shell said...

Wow. Definitely not high standards.

Here, someone just has to be a high school graduate and have gone through "effective teacher training" class. Which is pointless.

Sunny said...

I think most of the time the standards are the same in my district!

malia said...

eww i think the creepy dude is worse. GROSS!

Katie K. said...

That is horrible! I sub and am hope that teachers do not think of me like that, I am pretty sure they don't. Right now I am pretty lucky and get requested on a pretty regular basis by the same teachers. I dread the first time I have a sub in my future classroom though!

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